Harper Collins sent me the book “A Garden of Marvels” for a give-away a few months ago and I might as well admit, up front, that I have been reluctant to do so.
Author Ruth Kassinger brings a bit of botany, horticulture history and steamy sex to her tales about the personal life of plants, and I love a book that entertains as much as it teaches.
If you like to crack a smile while you’re reading about Miscanthus (and who doesn’t?) get thee over to the comment section for chance to win the book. “A Garden of Marvels” is marvelous, but I’m finally ready to give it up.
Botany-wise tell us about strangest thing you ever saw in your own backyard. A winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.
A fun fact to lug out the next time someone suggests you’re spending too much on plants—the Juliet rose cost $5 million. Okay, that’s not the price of a single rose bush, but it’s the estimated expense of the 15 years David Austin spent developing the popular rose.
Nature—-(Video) UC Davis says sunflowers are not just heliotropic but have their own internal clocks.
So….it turns out that you can craft stepping stones to your heart’s content with a product called Garden Molds. Beyond stepping stones, the company offers molds for pot feet, edging and plaques. Plus tutorials!
Think of the possibilities. Think of how many summer days you have make things. Think of the side business you can launch.
Daily Mail—Japanese scientist discovered with a bit of genetic modification how to make flowers live twice as long
Cousin Itt wasn’t one of my favorite characters on the Addams Family TV show, but the plant named after him, Acacia cognata ‘Cousin Itt’ couldn’t be cuter. This low growing shrub was introduced by Ball in 2010. According to San Marcos Growers, it thrives in sun or shade, in a pot or in the ground and tolerates drought like an out-of-work actor.
And unlike its namesake, it’s a looker.
Keloland TV —Most common cause of lost fingers says ER docs? Clearing clogged grass in the lawnmower without turning it off
So we’re acknowledging that Dirt du jour readers have some serious design chops. Some of our subscribers are the best in the biz in their regions. And then there are those that keep incredible gardens that are rarely seen by outsiders.
Don’t you think it’s time to show your stuff? Gardenista, the sister publication of Remodelista is collecting entries for their 2014 Design Awards. All categories are open until July 7: Best garden - amateur, Best Small Garden - amateur, Best outdoor living space, Best edible garden, Best hardscape project, Best professional landscape, Best garden shed/outbuilding. Bolded categories have few entries.
Just for fun, let’s see if Dirt du jour peeps can rock this thing.
TheSmokingGun: Spraying weedkiller in the face of neighborhood kids? Felony.
In case it’s you - living devoted to all plants that retain water - house numbers that double as planters by Urban Mettle on Etsy. The plants look…shall we say… a little plugged. But imagine his planters with mature clumps of Hens and Chicks.
Coloradoan —Community garden? Yeah, it’s an eyesore. We want it out.
If a fire pit is too permanent for your ever-changing tastes, think about a fire bowl. For a fraction of the cost you can get some flames going to get warm by or roast a few marshmallows.
Prices vary. Use “fire bowl” to search on the Internet. Some fire bowls work with gas line installations, others with a pop-in temporary heat source.
I know that not all of my subscribers to Dirt du jour live in Southern California. But for those avid gardeners who know me as the home and garden editor for the Orange County Register, new news: I have “retired” from the newspaper. The company is downsizing, they offered buyouts and I jumped.
In fact, nearly 80 newsroom staff took the offer. Out with the old—in with the new. But what bothers me most about the change is that they killed my farewell column. I feel like I need to let you know since I will have suddenly disappeared from the section after 14 years of weekly stories.
It’s like having tea together and leaving without saying goodbye. Rude after all these years.